Polytechnic High School in Riverside, CA - Niche

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Polytechnic High School is a public school in Riverside, California. It has 2,789 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 59% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 207 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

5450 Victoria Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506
(951) 788-7203

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3.6 from 207 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Poly is a great school, Dr. Roe the principal is involved in all the school activities. There are just some teachers that need to retire because they aren't involved in the students education. They are just there for the paycheck.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: It's a fun school, the teachers generally know what they're doing, there are very good sport programs, and lots of other extracurricular things like video production. I ran track and we had the largest track team in the league so everyone got to run whatever they wanted
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Overall, having the opportunity to be a Poly Bear student was a great experience. Most students and staff were really welcoming. Attending this school allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and meet a couple cool friends along the way.
    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: My favorite experience was walking in the Homecoming Parade in my freshmen year. This school is unique because we have the best athletics and we are always supported for our teams. I would start all over but starting from my sophomore year because I was more involved at school. I'm in Link Crew, AVID and taking one honors class.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: My overall experience at Poly has been good. My teachers have been great and I have grown a lot as an individual. They have been supportive and been available to me whenever I was in need of help. There is so many opportunities to get active and involved on campus. I am beyond grateful for my AVID and PUENTE experiences. AVID is my college preparatory class that I have been involved in all four years. PUENTE is a program that took place of my lit class and was focused on Chicano studies. Being apart of the track team was such a huge benefit. I grew, got out of my bubble, and made lasting memories. I am forever thankful of the ups and downs I have experienced at Poly.

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3.33 John W. North High School 2 mi. 2,300
3.00 Ramona High School 3 mi. 2,216
2.66 Arlington High School 4 mi. 2,066
2.33 Rubidoux High School 5 mi. 1,716
3.66 Martin Luther King Jr. High School 5 mi. 3,325

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

Polytechnic High School United States Arlington High School John W. North High School Martin Luther King Jr. High School Ramona High School Rubidoux High School
Hispanic 53.0% 25.0% 66.0% 68.0% 31.0% 73.0% 89.0%
White 34.0% 51.0% 21.0% 10.0% 45.0% 16.0% 5.0%
African American 6.0% 15.0% 6.0% 11.0% 9.0% 6.0% 3.0%
Asian 2.0% 4.8% 3.0% 6.0% 10.0% 2.0% 0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 1.0% 2.0% 1.0% 1.0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 26.4%
Grade 10 27.9%
Grade 11 24.5%
Grade 12 21.3%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 35 responses

  • 71% Yes
  • 17% Not sure.
  • 11% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 28% I met great friends.
  • 26% Supportive and involved teachers
  • 16% Top 3 school in rusd
  • 12% Has many latino teachers
  • 10% Music programs
  • 9% I found a lot of peolpe who share my culture

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 22% Textbooks in poor condition
  • 20% Gum everywhere
  • 16% The students cut during lunch time
  • 13% Campus supervisors talk down to students
  • 7% Students leaving trash everywhere
  • 7% Old textbooks
  • 7% Some incoherent teachers.
  • 4% Nothing
  • 2% Everything
  • 2% Gangs

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 24 responses

  • 54% Oldest High School in Riverside
  • 12% Only high school in the dictrict with an orchestra
  • 12% High SAT scores
  • 8% Has teachers from differents places of the world!!
  • 4% Has great teachers that are available and friendly
  • 4% New principle creating more school pride
  • 4% It used to be an all boys school back in the day

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 36% Inspiring, prideful, acted as one unit
  • 32% Fun, interactive, and friendly
  • 29% Average
  • 4% Performance driven

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 36% Relax; it's only high school.
  • 32% Don't be afraid to talk to people and make friends
  • 14% Know you are capable and don't be lazy.
  • 11% You better be a social person
  • 4% Socialize with people/teachers and be involve
  • 4% Be responsable and dont waste your time.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 25% I love everything about this school.
  • 68% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 4% I hate everything about this school.